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Child Allowance (Kodomo Teate)

The Child Allowance is a national program to ensure the sound and healthy growth of children who lead the next generation. The program now in force is in effect until March 31, 2012 (it is set to be revised in next April). The allowance is provided to individuals* with a registered address in Japan, regardless of nationality, who are raising a child of junior high school age and under residing in Japan** (up to the first March 31 after the child's 15th birthday). There are no income restrictions.
* Including guardians of a minor and those entrusted with the care of a child by his/her parents staying abroad
** With the exception of those children studying abroad who meet certain eligibility requirements

Eligibility Individuals who are supporting a child of junior high school age and under
Monthly Amount of Payment (per child) Children under three 15,000 yen
Three-year-olds through sixth graders 10,000 yen for the first and the second child 15,000 yen for the third and subsequent children
Junior high school students 10,000 yen
Payment Day February 15, 2012 for the allowances for October 2011 through January 2012
June 15, 2012 for the allowances for February and March 2012
Documentation Requirements Alien registration certificate, the applicant's ordinary account bankbook, a photocopy of the applicant's health insurance certificate (not required for members of National Health Insurance), personal stamp (Inkan), certified full copy of residence registry or certified copy of alien registration for the dependent child residing outside of Utsunomiya City (if any)
Where to Apply Children and Family Division, District Jichi Centers, District Shimin Centers, Branch Offices

Child Support Allowance (Jido Fuyo Teate)

The Child Support Allowance is provided to single-mothers, single-fathers or foster parents raising a child who meets any of the requirements listed below, up to the first March 31 after the child's 18th birthday. The allowance aims to promote financial stability and self-reliance of single-parents in order to enhance the well-being of their children. Income restrictions apply.

Eligibility Mothers, fathers or foster parents raising a child under 18 who meet any of the following requirements
  1. The child's parents are divorced.
  2. The child's father or mother is dead.
  3. The child's father or mother has a specified level of severe disability.
  4. It is unknown whether or not the child's father or mother is alive.
  5. The child's father or mother has abandoned him/her for one year or longer.
  6. The child's father or mother has been incarcerated for one year or longer.
  7. The child was born out of wedlock.
  8. Other (For details, contact the Children and Family Division.)
Monthly Amount of Payment For one child, the monthly amount of payment ranges from 41,550 yen to 9,810 yen, depending on the beneficiary's yearly income.
For the second child, 5,000 yen is added.
For the third and subsequent children, 3,000 yen is added for each child.
Payment Day August 15, December 15 and April 15
Documentation Requirements Kosekitohon, certified copy of residence registry, certified copy of alien registration, etc.
Inquiries Children and Family Division
Phone 028-632-2386

Welfare Allowance for Children (Jido Fukushi Teate)

This allowance is available for mothers, fathers or foster parents raising a child of junior high school age and under who meets any of the requirements listed below. Income restrictions apply.

Eligibility Mothers, fathers or foster parents raising a child of junior high school age and under who meet any of the following requirements
  1. The child's parents are divorced.
  2. The child's father or mother has a severe disability.
  3. The child's father or mother has been missing for one year or longer.
  4. The child's father or mother has been incarcerated for one year or longer.
  5. The child's father or mother has been hospitalized for one year or longer.
  6. The child was born out of wedlock.
Monthly Amount of Payment 3,000 yen per child
Payment Day March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15
Note When "per income rate" of municipal resident tax is levied on the beneficiary, his/her allowance payment will be suspended.
Inquiries Children and Family Division
Phone 028-632-2387

Allowance for Bereaved Children (Iji Teate)

This allowance is available for mothers, fathers or foster parents raising a child of junior high school age and under who lost his/ her father, mother or parents. Income restrictions apply.

Eligibility Mothers, fathers or foster parents raising a child of junior high school age and under who lost his/ her father, mother or parents.
Monthly Amount of Payment 3,000 yen per child
Payment Day March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15
Note When "per income rate" of municipal resident tax is levied on the beneficiary, his/her allowance payment will be suspended.
Inquiries Children and Family Division
Phone 028-632-2387

Welfare Allowance for Children with Severe Disabilities (Shogaiji Fukushi Teate)

This allowance is available for children under 20 years of age with severe disabilities who require constant care in everyday life. Income restrictions apply.

Eligibility Children under 20 who meet any of the following conditions.
  1. Those with "Physical Disability Booklet", level 1 or some level 2
  2. Those with "Mental Disability Booklet", level A1 (as a rule, IQ of 20 or less)
  3. Those with both "Physical Disability Booklet", level 2 (depending on the level of the disability) and "Mental Disability Booklet", level A2 (as a rule, IQ of 35 or less)
  4. Those who are recognized through a doctor's medical certificate as having disabilities with internal organs* comparable to the above 1) - 3)
    * Diseases related to heart, respiratory organs, kidney, liver,blood, etc.
Monthly Amount of Payment 14,330 yen per child
Payment Day February 15, May 15, August 15 and November 15
Note When the beneficiary's own income, his/her spouse's income or the income of his/her supporter under duty exceeds the income ceiling threshold, his/her allowance payment will be terminated.

* There are other allowance programs available for children with disabilities. Please inquire with the Children and Family Division.

Inquiries Children and Family Division
Phone 028-632-2386

Welfare Loan Fund for Single-Mother Families and Widows (Boshi Kafu Fukushi Shikin)

This loan program for single-mother families and widows aims to contribute toward their stable and decent family life. It includes Education Fund, Vocational Training Fund, Living Expenses Fund, Housing Fund and Medical Care Fund.

Inquiries Children and Family Division
Phone 028-632-2389

Long-term Care Insurance (Kaigo Hoken)

Everyone aged 65 or more and every member aged 40 to 64 of the public health insurance plans are obligated to enroll in the Long-term Care Insurance and pay insurance premiums. Insured persons can take advantage of nursing care services by paying 10% of the costs incurred if they obtain "Authorization of the Need for Nursing Care/Assistance".
The nursing care services consist of "At-home Care Services" and "Facility Care Services". The former include help with daily routines such as eating and housework provided by a visiting home helper as well as bathing services and rehabilitation therapy one receives at a day service facility. The latter include help with daily routines, rehabilitation therapy and health care management available for those housed in a nursing care facility. To receive nursing care services, "Authorization of the Need for Nursing Care/Assistance" is required. Applications for authorization can be completed at the Division of Welfare for Senior Citizens, District Jichi Centers, District Shimin Centers and Branch Offices. When applying, please bring your Long-term Care Insurance Certificate or health insurance certificate (if you are a category 2 Long-term Care Insurance holder).

  Category 1 Insurance Holder Category 2 Insurance Holder
Eligibility Individuals aged 65 or more Members aged 40 - 64 of public health insurance plans
Premium Amount Divided into seven levels, depending on income, municipal resident tax and the composition of the household. Determined according to the calculation method of the medical health insurance plan they are enrolled in
How to Pay As a rule, premiums are deducted automatically from their pensions. Those who are not subject to automatic deduction should pay their premiums individually by automatic bank transfer or with the payment slip sent from City Hall. Premiums are paid together with the medical health insurance.
Inquiries Division of Welfare for Senior Citizens
Phone 028-632-2907

Public Livelihood Assistance (Seikatsu Hogo)

This assistance is available for those households who are unable to maintain a minimum standard of living as their household income and savings have substantially decreased due to illness, among other conditions. The assistance includes Living Assistance, Educational Assistance, Housing Assistance, Medical Assistance and Nursing Care Assistance. There are a number of eligibility requirements. For further information, please contact the division below.

Inquiries Social Welfare Division
Phone 028-632-2378/2379/2375

Living Expenses Loan Programs

The Bridging Loan Fund (Shakai Fukushi Shikin) and the Social Welfare Loan Fund (Seikatsu Fukushi Shikin) are available for impoverished households who desperately need support for living expenses. For details of eligibility requirements, please contact the Social Welfare Council.

Inquiries Utsunomiya City Social Welfare Council
Phone 028-636-1215